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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎10v] (27/490)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 1 Jun 1915-21 Nov 1915. It was written in English and French. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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scarcity of gram owm- o ^ than x i mag ined, and enormous
crops were gathered, \ T] j 0 f poorer cultivators have
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bread obtainable was that of barley flour.
17 I made careful enquiries as to whether grain had been stored at any
nlaces in these districts by the Germans or their agents for we had heard
reports'to this effect, but I do not think it can be correct and indeed the
r ^ .j • T dn not think it would now be feasible to gather
sXfenWainfor’a p.arty with 100 animals. On the route followed by the
German party from Takhtiban, through Gulmiran, Gorukht, Malaki, Yazdan,
toTngat in Afghanistan, a distance of about 100 miles, practically no gram
is now procurable.
18 Dafedar Muhammad Khan, who was in charge of my Escort was
most helpful. He obtained his supplies en route often at very moderate
prices, without any friction, and the entire party behaved very well. Die
Dafedar also did his utmost to nurse the horses by dismounting his men at
bad places in the hills.
19. I made notes of all routes traversed which I hope to submit in the
course of a few days.

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The volume contains correspondence regarding the Persian Campaign of the First World War and the movements and activities of the Central Powers in Persia [Iran] between June and November 1915. The correspondence is particularly concerned with German and Ottoman attempts to infiltrate Afghanistan from Persia, and of ensuring the continued neutrality of both Afghanistan and Persia.

The primary correspondents are the British Legation, Tehran; the British Embassy, Petrograd [Saint Petersburg]; the Government of India; and the Foreign Office.

The volume contains a single folio in French (f 184), a communication from the Russian Ambassador in London.

The volume includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (238 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 238; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

A previous foliation sequence between ff 121-127, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers.

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English and French in Latin script
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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎10v] (27/490), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/473, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 June 2019]

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